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As a next-door neighbor to Ponte Vedra Recorder co-founder Gretchen Carpenter in 1969, Jacquelyn Bates witnessed the newspaper’s creation. Eleven years later, Carpenter’s co-founder, Peg Bradford, and her son, Tim, asked her to become its managing editor. Bates shares her memories of the early years, and her opinion of the paper today. more
A senior at Nease High School, Isabel Matos, 17, is a champion golfer and a longtime member of First Tee of North Florida, a youth educational nonprofit that uses golf as a vehicle to teach character education. more
Owner of Cruise Planners—Top Sail Journeys, Ponte Vedra Beach resident Dorothy Flannery is founder and president of The Florida Travel Expo. more
Originally from the west coast, Charlie Chacos has embraced life on the First Coast and looks forward to his new role as district executive director of YMCA Florida’s First Coast. Chacos has always played sports, and with just two years on the tennis court, he’s already winning doubles tournaments. more
Victoria Long is Director of Community Programming & Partnerships at Flagler Health+. Volunteering led her to a career in the nonprofit sector, and she loves making a difference in people’s lives. more
Officially, Mike Platt is recreation specialist for the residential treatment program at Daniel, Florida’s oldest child-service nonprofit agency. But really, he’s the director of fun. In his free time, you might find him walking the dogs, jogging or on the water in a kayak using skills developed through Scouting. more
Known as “Papa” to his friends, Jeff Papa left the baseball diamond behind to pitch wine for Rombauer Vineyards to distributors in the southeastern United States. He loves Ponte Vedra, a good round of golf and pairing wines with food. more
All the world may be a stage, but Suzanne Hudson-Smith has realized her dream role as executive director at a First Coast community theater where she encourages players to bloom in their craft and shares her love of theater and the magic it creates. more
Mark Lowery, an entrepreneur who believes in giving back, is married with three children and enjoys the island life. Caribbean travel led to his latest endeavor to bring a smooth, refined tequila to the U.S. more
Jennifer Dew is a Florida native who realized her passion of working with pets by providing an easy-to-use pet care service to the Ponte Vedra community she calls home. more
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